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Tea for Two ~ God and You

Bottoms Up June 6, 2014

Have you ever coaxed a sweaty, over-heated toddler from their play for a drink of water? One of three results usually occur:

A. They completely ignore you, silently declaring that what they are doing is more important.

B. Begrudgingly they take a swig, making it clear that it is only because they are forced.

C. They grab the cup with both hands, gulp noisily much of the water, and look at you breathlessly for admiration for obedience.

Obviously, you didn’t offer a drink for your own benefit…apart from your concern for their well-being. It was for their own good. Without water they can not function properly, will get sick, and eventually die. Your providing vital life-sustaining is an act of self-less love.

It is healthy growth where a child realizes that water is important, good for them, and a necessary part of life. Hopefully they will learn to quench their own thirst with H2O without someone waving a sippy cup and begging them to partake.

Consequently, we don’t do God any favors by connecting with him. It is a privilege. A vital, life-giving privilege. Enjoy it. Appreciate it.

 

God’s Pleasure May 13, 2013

While reading this morning in Psalms, it hit me that we can literally bring real pleasure to the Holy God of the Universe.  After checking what the Scripture had to say about it,  this is what I discovered.

 

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Nine Ways To Bring God Pleasure:

1. The prosperity of his servant.  Psalm 35:27

2. Them that fear Him.  Psalm 147:11

3. Those that hope in His mercy.  Psalm 147:11

4. Uprightness.  1 Chronicles 29:17

5. Giving His people His kingdom.  Luke 12:32

6. Adopting His chosen. Ephesians 1:5

7. Showing His children His mysterious will.  Ephesians 1:9

8. Working in His children.  Philippians 2:13

9. His creation.  Revelation 4:11

 

Beautiful – MercyMe March 7, 2013

You are treasured, you are sacred, you are HIS.

 

Romans 12:5

Romans 12:5, originally uploaded by Xapa.

 

Romans 12:5

Romans 12:5, originally uploaded by Xapa.

 

RESTORE // The Film – Part 1

I love this concept beyond words.

I don’t love fellow humans being called “The least of these.” It reminds me of how my old church branded people as “bus kids” for life because they were reached through the bus ministry. It carried an unfair stigma.

I still love this video.

 

Desires

Desires, originally uploaded by Xapa.